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Google Now Lets You Search for a Song by Humming, Singing and Whistling

Have you also run into frustration when you are humming something but can’t remember which song it is? Finally, there’s someone who has felt your pain and has brought up a solution to this problem. Google has announced a new feature to search the song if you can hum just a few bars. The web search giant has introduced a “hum to search” feature that lets users hum, whistle, or sing a melody and then tracks down the song for them.

Google has added the feature to the Google app on mobile devices, which you can access when you tap the mic button. To use the song-search feature, you just need to tap the mic icon on the Google Search widget or by opening the Google app on your smartphone. After you tap the mic button, click the “Search a song” button or simply say “What’s this song?” to activate the feature. Now start humming, whistling, or singing the tune for some seconds, and there you go!

Google AI Algorithms Find the Potential Song Matches

Google Now Lets You Search for a Song by Humming, Singing and Whistling

Once you finish humming or singing the song for 10-15 seconds, Google tries to identify the potential song matches using its high-end AI algorithms. It then displays the most likely search results for the song you were humming along with the match percentage. You can then select the song from the matched results and then listen to it or find more information on the song, find the lyrics, or view accompanying music videos.

Krishna Kumar, senior product manager for Google Search, in a blog post said, “When you hum a melody into Search, our machine learning models transform the audio into a number-based sequence representing the song’s melody.”

Google Now Lets You Search for a Song by Humming, Singing and Whistling

“The AI models of Google are trained to identify songs based on a variety of sources,” says Google. The sources include humans humming, singing, or whistling a song or the studio recordings and a song playing in the surroundings. Hum to search feature is available in more than 20 languages on Android, including Hindi. However, it is currently available on iOS in English only.

To see how hum to search feature works, watch this video.

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